Google today announced the
launch of Google SMST for mobile users in India. This beta offering brings the
power of GoogleT Search to users'' fingertips, making information available on
the move, without the need of a computer or an Internet-enabled phone.
Google SMS mobile messaging service, users can get business listings, movie showtimes
and more simply by sending a text message to the shortcode 54664 [5GOOG] from
their mobile phones. This service is currently available on the Airtel, Aircel,
BPL, BSNL and Reliance networks, and has relevant local data for mobile users
in Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Carriers'' premium text messaging rates
no denying the importance of text messaging in India, and the launch of Google
SMS is a natural next step for our mobile strategy," said Vinay Goel, head
of products, Google India. "Millions of new mobile users are being added
every month, and Google SMS will provide them with a quick and easy way to get
the information they need when and where they need it."
through Google SMS is simple. For example, a user seeking information on pizzerias
in Andheri West can text message [pizza andheri west mumbai] to 54664, and a list
of pizza restaurants in that area will be delivered to his or her phone within
seconds. Google SMS allows for searches by common locality names, and ranks results
by proximity to the specified location. The service also saves time by saving
a user''s location, so they don''t have to type their location every time they search.